Hervé Boitel

Artist to artist, I have the great pleasure of staying with my friend Hervé Boitel, next time I will be painting. An idyllic setting in a deep and wooded valley at Cassanis, Gaillacois Tarn in S W France, eating and drinking well together wide ranging conversations with my widely read intellectual, poetic friend, his family … Read more

At Toulouse

Toulouse, lunch with Lily. I’ve written a bit more on my other blog and with other photos and on one of my two Facebook pages : https://artfrickers.com/blog/2020/06/24/toulouse-france/ I have to collect a major painting, on loan to Chateau de Saurs and have a variety of other ‘business’ and good friends to visit,  in this region where … Read more

Black Lives Matter?

Drake and slavery

Knocking down statues has become the ‘in’ thing among part of our population.

Now- Wow we have a proposal to knock off Sir Francis Drake, remove his statue from Plymouth Hoe.

'Golden Hinde'
Drake’s ‘Golden Hinde’

If you disagree I suggest you sign the petition to keep the statue on site in place.

https://www.change.org/p/1000-save-drake-statue/psf/promote_or_share

We might as well knock down the Pyramids as they were allegedly built by slave labour.

Such vandalism would be bad for tourism !

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Entertain, Inspire, Inform

Robin Knox-Johnston, an inspiring sailor, a real man, a role model, a film worth watching? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdIIYr1GdIs&feature=emb_share.

I feel honoured to have been commissioned to make #paintings 3 times, “Roaring Forties“, “The Clipper Way” and “Dumra departing Bombay“.

I produced prints for the first two paintings made for Sir Robin #Knox#Johnston which we both signed [a few copies are still available], and I am proud to be considered one of his friends.

‘Roaring Forties’ as framed

Roaring Forties” subsequently is and continues to be reproduced in journals world wide and is a proven influential painting.

Robin still is a considerable influence and benefit for many lives, mine included.

Some years ago Robin and I were discussing our roles in life.

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Bells, 6 June

Bells will be rung at 18:44 (6.44 pm) on June 6, the Clochers de la Liberté (freedom bells) commemoration in many countries.
This to mark the 76th anniversary of D-Day in an initiative started by history enthusiasts from France.
Captain Alan Frickers
This is to ensure that the anniversary is marked, despite the fact that there are no official events in Normandy this year due to the Covid-19 epidemic.

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Hunt the Pickle

Should we have a > spot HMS Pickle < competition, she is there, ubiquitous as ever she was?
Under the radar ~ Mal Nicholson requested I show my “HMS Pickle’ paintings on his HMS Pickle Official site on Facebook; so here today are another two …
HMS Victory, Trafalgar
Trafalgar Dawn
I present “Trafalgar Dawn” : as seen and described by eye witnesses, from HMS Victory at 06.05, Monday, 21st October 1805.
The fine art print has in the margin a drawing of the scene and better still, every ship individually named.
The original is long since sold.
Trafalgar Dawn, French Perspective
To make a pair, I painted and have in print the opposite view as described from the French flag ship. That too included the elusive HMS Pickle France view so to speak.
Original available £18,000

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Time for good news?

Via Facebook, my cousin Valerie sent me a splendid photo of herself with her twin sisters [two sets of twins]. Val tells me they got together for the first time in 30 years, had a sing song and found they still harmonies perfectly; I’m sorry I missed that! Also via Val I’m back in touch … Read more

Edwin Morton

Edwin who leaves a fine wife Sue, who has lost her best friend, grew into a real English gentleman, hard working, clever, popular, with all the qualities mentioned in the Rudyard Kipling poem ‘If’ and that despite moving to Canada where he achieved most of his aims in his business life.

I first met Edwin as far back as 1967 during my Bexhill Sailing Club years including when I lived at beautiful Rye.

Over the years we kept in touch steadily becoming better and better friends.

It was my privilege and honour to be one of those advising and comforting him during a  grim divorce he truly did not deserve.

I was further fortunate to be able to host him at Gaillac, and his lovely new wife Sue when they last visited France, beautiful shared companionship.

I keep a framed copy of this photo in my home.

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